Bel Soggiorno Hotel
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... while the girls ran around like madmen, going down slid after slide, ride after ride -Paolo went with on the slides and I on the more scary rides, but the professionalism of all the lifeguards and staff allowed us to relax a little and let the girls explore on their own - it was hard to let go, though!
When we arrived, all the young kids were running around in jellies or socks and we rolled our eyes at their Italian softness, but they'd ...
So, we had planned to go to Etnaland today, home of water slides and rides, which the girls had been counting down the sleeps for, bit some bad behaviour put paid to that, I'm afraid!
Instead, we opted for a more low key day and headed to the beach at Fiumefreddo, about 8km down the road. The beach itself was quite rocky, and the water really cold, but we had a nice time ...
... paste, which is white Nutella, mixed with ground pistachios..... Say no more......
On the way home, we stopped and bought the most magnificent strawberries, so, if a place is famous for something, for goodness sake, don't expect to buy it there..... Go somewhere else!
A side note: Sicilians are fascinated with french fries, they order them as a side with their pizza, on their pizza and inside pastry with a sausage.....patatine everywhere
... we came back to the hotel and Phillip had a rest and I went shopping for some shorts. I enjoyed looking at the shops for a little while but most things were very expensive but I did find a pair of 3/4 pants for only $25 so was pleased. Then I too came back for a rest before we meet the tour director and the people we will be touring Sicily with. At 7.00pm we met in the hotel lounge to meet the tour director and the people on our tour. ...
... I was talking to a good friend of mine here who told me that she and a buddy were renting a car and driving through Sicily. She asked me if I wanted to come along. Even though I only had a couple days to spare, OF COURSE I SAID YES!! I flew to Catania where they picked me up and then we stayed in Taormina on an amazing beach named Nexos Beach. It was one of the first places that they Ancient Greeks occupied when they landed in Sicily. And I can see why! It is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bel Soggiorno Hotel Taormina
Fantastic Place to stay!
I had a great experience at this great hotel!
It is excellent value for money. The building is beautifully located in a lush garden with incredible views over the sea and Mount Etna.
The hotel is in a gorgeous palazzo with lots of character.
The rooms are fairly simple, but clean, well equipped and maintained!
Bathrooms are nice, and beds comfortable!
The breakfast on the terrace outside was just perfect to set us off for the day!
Would love to go back again!
A great stay at the Bel Soggiorno
I stayed in the Bel Soggiorno for four days. It is situated in a lovely, quiet position in Taormina with the most wonderful views. The staff are most helpful and welcoming, making for a relaxing and restful stay in Taormina. Do not expect plush luxury but the rooms have everything you need for a pleasant holiday. There is a wide and varied choice for breakfast that sets you up very nicely for the day. I look forward to returning in the near future.
Previous reviews have accurately captured the feel of Hotel Bel Soggiorno -- pleasant staff, knockout views of the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna from the terraces, a delicious breakfast, good value for the price, free parking (the slope is daunting but manageable), and the bonus of an uphill stroll to town to stimulate the appetite for its many delicacies.
It's great to read these more recent reviews and to see that this hotel still gives so much pleasure.
Loved our stay!!
Have just got back from the most wonderful holiday in Sicily. We stayed at the Bel Soggiorno for 2 weeks and could not fault it. The views are breathtaking from all the terraces. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast plentiful (loved the bread and cakes!) The temperature reached 40 degrees during our stay so the A/C was most welcome. Take my advice and go B&B as there are dozens of restaurants in the town to choose from to suit all tastes and budgets. We shall definitely return!!
everyone looking, reading, guessing, hoping that the hotel they choose in taormina will be perfect. life is not perfect but choosing a hotel is not that hard.
Farrell Family: Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
As of Feb 2004... ... Hotel is simple yet adequate. Owner and staff friendly and give good service. Parking slightly interesting as there are limited spaces on a steep driveway. Room is fine although plumbing could do with modernisation. Room had tv (BBC World 24) and aircon which can heat or chill. Breakfast on terrace is great fun and the views are breathtaking: southern Italy to left, sea dead ahead and Mount Etna to right. Private garden sports juicy orange trees - unbelievable flavour! Short walk to town but does involve climbing a few steps. Simple yet quiet and pleasant. Visit www.*************************** for more info and pics.
Well I liked it!
I have got to say firstly that my husband hated this hotel with a passion. I like to think he mistook the faded grandeur with decrepitude and the signs of character as dirt! Ok, it didn't have the comforts of a modern hotel and we forsook a room with a decent bath for a room with a terrible bathroom but fantastic views! I think it was more than worth it. I have only stayed in one place with finer views and that was in Venice overlooking St Marks Basin and all its glory (again husband disagrees and plumps for Onda verde, Praiano for 2nd place) The rates were reasonable,the parking free (if a bit hazardous, and the breakfasts, terraces and garden - sublime. And as husband can't manage computer I have the final word on this one!